Your gateway to Mount Field
These two small towns sit either side of Mount Field National Park. If you’re heading to the park from Hobart, you’ll see Westerway on your way. For those with a penchant for picking raspberries and stopping for delicious coffee at the Possum Shed Restaurant, you can find them right in the middle of Westerway.
Westerway enjoys fertile river flats, making it the ideal location for growing berries, cherries and more. Pick yourself a punnet (or bucket!) from the farm or stop in at the Possum cafe to sample the berries and keep an eye out for the resident platypus.
Maydena is a little patch of adventure you’ll find along the River Tyenna, south west of New Norfolk. Nearby, you can walk with your head tilted skyward, taking in some of the tallest trees on earth at the Styx Big Tree Reserve. There are also caves, glacial lakes and lush rainforest in this neighbourhood.
A favourite activity for the kids and adult kids is to hop onboard a Rail Track Rider, right in the village itself. These sit-down rail carts are powered by your own legs, leading you along the old Maydena railway into the rainforest. The trees seem even grander when seated low to the tracks.
This riverside village has a strong forestry past, but today is better known as a gateway to Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness. With places to stay and things to do, Maydena is an ideal stopover for destinations such as the bushwalking haven of Southwest National Park.
About 15 kilometers out of town is an extensive cave system, known as Junee Caves. A waterfall flows out the entrance to the caves, part of the Junee River karst system, which is around 30 kilometres in length. The system includes Niggly Cave, the deepest in Australia and a popular destination for professional cave divers.
Maydena or Westerway are good pit-stops for those heading to Lake Pedder or Mount Field National Park. This park features one of the most photographed waterfalls in Tasmania, Russell Falls, and plenty of local wildlife, towering snow gums and highland lakes.
Highlights not to miss